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The Ballerinas
The Ballerinas: A Novel | Rachel Kapelke-Dale
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Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburgtaking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her careerand, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away...and some secrets can't stay buried forever. Moving between the trio's adolescent years and the present day, Rachel Kapelke-Dale's The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold insideall culminating in a twist you won't see coming, with magnetic characters you won't soon forget.
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bookish_wookish
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Newest pick up from the library!

Also, i miss dancing! I havent gone to class since the pandemic started.

Alfoster This is a good one! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 💗 3mo
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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

The ballet bits were amazing but the plot itself was too disjointed. Not bad, but not overly memorable either. That cover is gorgeous though! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Redy2trvl I couldn‘t agree more with your review. I hated the ending. 3mo
LKK526 I was really disappointed with this book. 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I was immersed in the Paris ballet school setting. There‘s a past and present timeline which normally I am fine with, but this was a little off, in that I wasn‘t as intrigued to hear about the “middle” part which connected the two timelines if that makes sense. Anyway, a bit longer than I‘d have liked but I‘m into ballerinas in general so kept me interested. Tried to do some super feminist stuff which I wasn‘t sold on.

EvieBee This one interested me but the negative reviews put me off it. I think I‘m going to request it from the library. Great review! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee beware — it was between a pick and a so-so for me! I think the setting is it‘s saving grace. But it was too long for a less than perfect payoff ending! But like I said, if you like ballerinas this is for you! 🩰 3mo
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Skeeterisme
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Drop everything. Read this.

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Twocougs
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Paris, ballet, close friends, scandalous events…what‘s not to love.

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Redy2trvl
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It has been a long time since I‘ve read a book that I‘m not sure I liked. The first 200 pages were fantastic. The last 80 I couldn‘t get behind. Can I be in between a pick and so-so? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Redy2trvl
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After finishing a few mysteries in a row, I feel like this will be a nice palate cleanser. The cover art is breathtaking.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 💗 5mo
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KristiAhlers
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I LOVED this book. I danced ballet back in the day and this is great insight into the world of ballet. The characters were great as well as storyline. Recommend this one! #balletreads #100readschallenge

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Jbakesmcgee3
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a behind the scenes look into the French ballet world, some things I felt got lost in translation but overall an interesting book

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-2-22: My 1st finished book of 2022! Having been a ballerina into my 20s, this book really hit home in some ways. 13 years ago, Delphine left the Paris Opera Ballet as a soloist, to join her choreographer boyfriend in St. Petersburg to be his assistant. Now she is back, as a choreographer at POB, reuniting with her best friends Margaux and Lindsay. The world of ballet is a difficult one and this book depicted it very well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#️⃣1️⃣📖

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book two of 2022.

I wouldn‘t have read this except I heard about it from @booksparks as it was their December #bookclub pick.

This was a fascinating read about three women friends who “grew up” together in a ballet school. The story alternated between their teen and thirty years. The ruthless, politics and characters were beautifully written.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-1-22: 2021 was a good year for reading. I beat my goal of 114! Lets see what 2022 brings!! Happy New Year! 🎆🎊📖

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Hooked_on_books
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Delphine grew up in ballet alongside her two best friends as they all tried to achieve the top ranks of the Paris Opera Ballet. Now a choreographer, she remains enmeshed in the ballet world as she tries to find her footing. This book is really good, but the atrocious accent work in the audio is very distracting, so I recommend print.

LeeRHarry This one is definitely on my radar 😊 6mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I started this audiobook today and there‘s a major thing about it that really irritates me. It‘s set in Paris with French characters and they all speak with…British accents. 😑 Is it really so hard to do proper accents for these people? The one American character gets to have an American accent, after all. So annoying!

ravenlee Is this like the movie thing where everybody not American sounds British? Like, it‘s the default “other” voice. 6mo
LeahBergen Gah! How annoying. 6mo
Hooked_on_books @ravenlee That‘s exactly what I‘ve been thinking! Like the “Russian” submarine captain who sounds Scottish (sorry Sean Connery, I love you, but really?). It‘s irritating! And if you can‘t do a French accent, don‘t try any for the other characters, since it really stands out. The “Swedish” character sometimes sounds Spanish and sometimes French. It‘s driving me nuts. 6mo
ravenlee I watched Red October for the first time (whole thing; I‘d seen snippets) recently, and yes, Connery‘s accent was ridiculous. I remember watching Enemy at the Gates, where the Germans all sound American and the Russians all sound British (oh, and Ron Perlman‘s embarrassing Aussie accent) - and thinking how stupid all of it ended up sounding. I guess they figured Russian-accented English would be weirder? 6mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-31-21: Top 16 books of 2021! I couldn‘t list every book I gave a 5 star rating to, but these 16 stuck with me. The tagged book is what I will be ushering the new year in with. Happy New Year everyone! 🎊🎆⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖

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TorieStorieS
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Out now, this makes for an interesting look at friendship, the Paris Opera Ballet and relationships- those that bring you up and those that are more toxic. Narrator Delphine isn‘t always likable, but she always feels authentic. With brushes into #MeToo as well as murder, the past & present (well 2018) narratives work well together to make this hard to put down! I wish the epilogue had been set a but farther in the future though! Paris shines here!

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LatrelWhite
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Wow not what I expected so good!🩰

LiteraryinLawrence What a beautiful and eerie book cover! 6mo
LatrelWhite @LiteraryinLawrence yes very eerie.☺️ 6mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

The book is fine, but I wished it had a ton more substance than headline catching topics.

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Read_By_Red
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The Ballerinas is a great story of friendship, forgiveness, perseverance, and determination. It shows the strength that women have in the face of adversity and the chains placed on them by society. I like that it is told along two timelines, the past and the present, and how the two seamlessly merge together at just the right time. I also like the ways things always seem to circle back as the past mirrors the present.

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lowellette
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Paris ballerinas are pitted against each other even as they build friendships. Add a main character who struggles with showing up for others and #metoo. An enjoyable read.

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GondorGirl
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Beyond the ballet and the plot 'The Ballerinas' is a testament to being a woman in a world that always pits us against each other. Women are compared to the younger, thinner model, and always as an accessory to a man. It's about friendship and finding agency and success on your own terms.

At times I felt the book was a little heavy handed (every male character was horrible), but overall I found it a successful, if not completely enjoyable read.

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GondorGirl
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I got up to refill my drink and found Pippin in my spot. What an adorable jerk. 🐈‍⬛

#CatsOfLitsy

Bookzombie Lol. 💕🐈‍⬛ 10mo
Clwojick Totem is a huge spot thief too! And the speed of which he can plop down, get comfy and manage to look like he‘s been there for HOURS not milliseconds is truly amazing. Lol. Must be a black cat thing 🖤😂 10mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! 🖤🐱❤️ 10mo
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Larkken 🙋🏻‍♀️ my black cat does this too 😹 10mo
Eggbeater Cats can best be described as adorable jerks I think. 10mo
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sharread What a cute kitty. 10mo
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vlwelser
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This cover... 😍😍😍

I'll read anything about ballet or Paris. And this has both. Double win.

3 girls meet at the Paris Opera Ballet school and it's about achieving your dreams. It's also about taking control of your own life and body in an environment where you are seen as an object.

I expected a love story. And I guess it is but not in the traditional sense.

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Pub date is 12/7/2021

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooohhhh sounds good!!! And the cover!! LOVE! 💞 stacked!! 14mo
Cathythoughts Double win & beautiful cover 💫💫💫 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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